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Jim Frisinger will speak on "Comings and Goings at the Southwest Nature Preserve - 10 Centuries of Dynamic Change to 58 Acres in the Cross Timbers."

Sunday, April 30, 2017  from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Program begins at 2:30 p.m.

1616 W. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76013

Jim Frisinger, with the Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserve, leads bird-watching events on the site at the southwest corner of the city on Bowman Springs Road just south of I-20. Jim was a longtime daily newspaper journalist in Dallas and Fort Worth who now works as a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He lives in southwest Arlington.

In 2005 the Trust for Public Land saved 58 acres from being turned into a subdivision. Arlington voters approved its purchase and it opened four years ago as the city’s only nature preserve. It’s been revealing its secrets ever since. Bison and bear once roamed. Here East Texas Caddo Indian farmers and hunters found temporary sanctuary along Village Creek after being chased from their ancestral homelands as European immigrants flooded into East Texas. A mid-20th century drought brought a permanent water presence to these 58 acres for the first time when a rancher dug five ponds. Fire supression, new water, climate and groundwater swings, arrival of extra-continental invasive species all scrambled the landscape we see today. Yet it includes breathtaking natural beauty of a blackjack oak-post oak Eastern Cross Timbers landscape with a sandstone vista atop Kennedale Mountain that provides views of downtown Fort Worth. And it still hosts islands of Glen Rose Yucca and farkleberry that are outside of their normal ranges.

Come by to view our new exhibits!  Come join us at the Fielder Museum!

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The Fielder Museum Spring Cleaning Garage Sale!
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come shop, help us clear out and support the Arlington Historical Society. All proceeds from this sale will go to the preservation of the Arlington historic cemeteries on Arkansas Lane.

Have items to donate to our cause? You are welcome to drop off items - except clothing - at the museum during open hours; it is recommended that you give us a call first prior to delivery so that we can make appropriate storage arrangements in advance. We also gratefully accept financial contributions and are appreciative of all support; no contribution is too small!

1616 W. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76013

More Arlington on Tap!

The free monthly lecture series Arlington on Tap has come to a pause but the Arlington Historical Society and Arlington Proud co-sponsored, Arlington on Tap, under the supervision of O.K. Carter and Mark Joeckel, with media sponsorship of Arlington Today Magazine returns in January 2017. Talks take place at a revolving series of downtown bars and bistros.

Arlington on Tap for 2017.
All events take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10: "Things I Wished I Hadn't Learned about the Texas Legislature," featuring former state Rep. Diane Patrick. J. Gilligan's, 400 E. Abram Street.

Wednesday, February 15: "All the Single Girls," Arlington City Councilwoman and Political Science Professor, Victoria Farrar-Myers. Hooligan's, 310 E. Abram Street.

Tuesday, March 14: "My Spin on the Universe," humorist and cartoonist David Hopkins. Division Brewing, 506 E. Main Street.

Tuesday, April 11: "I'll Take a Second Order," Star-Telegram Eats Beat Columnist on dining out in Tarrant County at more than one thousand restaurants. Legal Draft, 500 E. Division Street in Arlington at Division and East streets (formerly the old Luke Honda building).

Tuesday, May 9: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pressroom, a humorous look at how the Arlington Citizen-Journal Disappeared in the Digital Age," former Citizen-Journal City Editor/Columnist Donna Darovich. Maverick's Bar and Grill, 601 E. Main Street.


Regular Hours at the Fielder House
1616 W. Abram Street

The Historic Fielder House is available for tours
Tuesday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or by appointment)
Call for arranging group tours (schools etc.) - 817-460-4001



Regular Hours at Knapp Heritage Park
201 W. Front Street

Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 4 pm with docent tours

Last Sunday of each month - Resident Blacksmith/Artisan, James Ryan will be there


The Arlington Garden Club Programs

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The Arlington Garden Club Annual Plant Sale at the Fielder Museum
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The butterfly garden on the Fielder House grounds is maintained by the Arlington Organic Garden Club and Master Naturalist, A Texas Naturalist Project of Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension. Check the Fielder House Museum Facebook page for more information.

"Thanks, Arlington Garden Club, for your contribution to the upkeep and beautification of the grounds of the historic Fielder House!"